19 from FDL Attend International Conference

Virginia Gilmore and Steve Thiry, both representing the Fond du Lac community, were featured presenters at Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership’s 22nd Annual International Conference in June.  Gilmore and Thiry were among nineteen members of the Fond du Lac community to attend the  conference in Indianapolis.

Virginia Gilmore, Founder and Chairwoman of the Sophia Foundation, was a featured co-facilitator of a world-café process to open the conference.  The World Café introduced participants to the opportunity to learn about the power of conversation as a tool for creating positive systemic change.  

Fond du Lac Police Department Captain Steve Thiry was among a panel.  Thiry shared with the audience of more than 440 how he was supported by the Chief of the Police within the FDLPD and also scholarships from the Sophia Foundation to attend conferences and learning programs, to learn about servant-leadership.  During the past three years, Thiry has since been instrumental in incorporating servant leadership into in-service training offered within the department.    

In addition to Thiry and Gilmore, seventeen other current and emerging leaders from the Fond du Lac area attended the conference.  The Sophia Foundation provided full and partial scholarships to many of the local attendees as a way of supporting the growing practice and understanding of servant leadership toward building more caring communities. 

Attendees from the Fond du Lac area that attended the June conference included Sophia Foundation founder Ginny Gilmore, board members and advisors Sandi Roehrig – FDL Area Foundation; Jim Gilmore – retired FDL Country Sherriff; Linda Selk-Yerges – ASTOP;  Cathy Wolfe – Agnesian Healthcare; Jim Sebert – FDL School District and Executive Director, Christa Williams.  Additional attendees included Terry Dietzel – FDL County; Audra Mead – CitizensFirst Credit Union; Traci Whittaker – Mid-States Aluminum; Ted Drewsen – Pilgrim UCC; Stacy Shedivy – Community Volunteer; Andrea Welsch – FDL Children’s Museum; Ryan Scheel – FDL Boys & Girls Club; Maria Mendoza – FDL Family Resource Center; Maggie May & John Short – UW-Fond du Lac, Lesley Manowske – FDL Association of Commerce; and Steve Thiry – FDL Police Department.

To learn more about the Sophia Foundation contact Christa Williams at 920-979-7407 or visit www.fdlsophiafoundation.com.